About the Database
The National Science and Technology Management Information System (NSTMIS) Division of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India has initiated a study for development of database of equipment funded under extramural R&D projects approved by Central Government Agencies/Departments during the period 2003-04 to 2010-11.
The study has resulted in the creation of a web-based database presenting details of EMR projects having significant equipment each costing Rs 10 lakhs and above located at various research and academic institutions across the country.
These details of equipments are based on the responses received from project investigators representing extramural research projects sanctioned during the period.
Particulars of both projects and equipments are organized and can be accessed through a variety of search options. For example, the 'Search For' box allows users to look for details of a specific equipment, institution, location, and/or any free text search.
As for the structure of the database, each record has been organized under three groups as given below:
- Details of Projects : This section in the database comprises title of the project, funding agency and scheme, year of sanction, project cost, name, affiliation, and contact details of project investigators
- Details of Equipment : Each project related group is linked to particulars of equipment purchased under the respective project. These include title of the equipment, cost and date of purchase, type of acquisition of equipment [whether the equipment is imported/indigenous], classification of equipment, make, model, major specifications, capability, location, functionality and whether the equipment is shared within/outside the institute.
- Classification of Equipment : A drop-down list of categories has been given to facilitate access to classified equipments.
The database makes searchable all significant equipment funded under EMR projects between 2003-04 to 2010-11. It features a quick search based on both free-text and keyword-based searching, category-wise searching as well as index terms such as funding agency, implementing institute, location and multi-year search.
Search by Region
Other features include provision to highlight search terms in the display record and Search button to begin search, and a Reset button to clear the search page. Queries conducted in the search button may be case insensitive, i.e., a word entered in lower case will match words entered in upper case, lower case, or mixed case.
Year Wise Search
The facility for multi-year searching has been incorporated in the 'search option'. For example, to conduct a search of equipment purchased up to 2010-11, select 'up to' option from the drop-down menu. It sets to search accordingly. The data range section can also be used to limit the search to a range of years of purchase of equipment.